Patriots Vs. Ravens: The Ultimate Ratings War Between WEEI, 98.5

When the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens get together in the AFC Championship Game next Sunday in Foxboro, MA, more than just two football teams will be fighting for supremacy. WEEI and 98.5 will be fighting, too.

If you recall a story on SB Nation Boston from last July, the WEEI Sports Radio Network and 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship station of the Patriots, have the rights to both the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl. If the Patriots were to reach one or both games, then the game would sir on both of Boston's powerhouse sports radio stations.

Well, we've reached that point. And it's going to happen.

98.5 The Sports Hub boasts the legendary broadcast team of Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti while WEEI, which extended its agreement with Westwood One, will have the broadcast team of Boomer Esiason and Kevin Harlan.

Jason Wolfe says that it will be "a real thrill for Patriot fans to be able to hear Boomer Esiason on the call of the Super Bowl, should the team get there. He's the best analyst in the business." (via Boston Sports Media Watch)

That statement from WEEI's Vice President of Programming aside, this will be a very good chance for the record to be set straight. Which one is it going to be? WEEI or 98.5? While 98.5 The Sports Hub has the hometown broadcast team, some have gown tired of hearing Santos and Cappelletti in the booth, which may give WEEI a slight advantage.

For more Patriots coverage, visit our team page and blog, Pats Pulpit. For 2012 NFL Playoffs coverage, follow our stream. Visit Baltimore Beat Down for Ravens news.

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